Speed limit signs are confusing to some and a form of entrapment for others.
I would like to see a change to these signs and here is why.
Traveling down most highways where small towns are concerned, we see things like 75mph and a few miles later 45mph than 35 mph and in some towns it even gets slower.
Here is what I would like to see. I would like to see incorporated in that signage “for the next 15 miles or 1000 yards” whichever the case may be.
There are simply too many small towns that depend upon traffic tickets for revenue which is bogus at best, and downright dishonest at worst.
While I am a firm proponent of money from tickets going to education or some other account, other than for law enforcement, or pet projects of some city; that is a different cause.
Alerting drivers that the speed will be XX for the next X miles is one way to assist drivers in maintaining the proper speed and not get cited for failure to control vehicle speed. At least they can set the cruise and have an idea that it is not going to 75 and then back to 35, 2 miles later!
Some towns post no warning of lower speed ahead and the police person is sitting right by the sign with the radar waitingfor you to cross some imaginary line. We need consistency with signage and we need to do away with the profit motive for towns with speed traps.
Since I live in Texas, I would first address this to Governor Abbott.
I will go to change.org and formerly draft something for them and I would appreciate each of you to go and sign the petition.
If this catches on in Texas, possibly we can make it catch on in other states.
With the huge influx of aliens from Mexico and beyond, we clearly could use the revenue so again I ask; why are there no casinos in Texas?
Why should Texas Dollars end up in BFE Oklahoma or Shreveport or even Vegas?
We have the lottery; so it really can’t be religious objections. You could blame them if you want but, I for one would not believe you.
Why not Casinos with places that can host Vegas style entertainment as well as produce revenue from those with a penchant for gambling?
We have horse races for Pete Sake, why not Galloping Dominoes?
Why are we letting all of that revenue go north, or east, or to Nevada? If it is an Indian thing, we have Texas Indians too. I know this for a fact so, why? Why does it have to be an Indian thing?
I would bet that the good folks at Winstar or Choctaw or even Shreveport or possibly some of the folks in Vegas who manage an Oasis in a desert, would love to open up a casino here.
After you have scurried around trying to come up with an answer I have a bigger question than that, Why the hell doesn’t California have Casinos? They are billions in debt, why not bring some dollars to their state via Casinos. With competition everybody wins!
After asking yourself this question and going through all of the possible machinations of why, we can take it one step forward and probably answer the question.
What would happen if Texas and California allowed it, along with the other states?
What would happen to Vegas?
What would happen to Winstar, or Shreveport, or even Chocktaw, if they suddenly had competition?
And the multi-million dollar question is, why do we care?
In 2011 a town in northwest Arkansas which had been dry for ever, wanted to sell alcohol. It was put on the ballot and by a margin passed.
Previously just outside the city limits were several “boozatoriums” which were set up to sell to that city along with other surrounding cities just outside their borders.
It turns out that the people who owned those or who had interest in them, alerted the various churches that this town wanted to go wet and got the people all up in arms. The churches were the pawns for the owners of the existing stores which would lose business if the local Walmart could sell booze.
Never mind the fact that people would go out of their way to buy beer at the towns edges and start drinking it on the way home, on mountainous roads! Those folks who owned the “joints” didn’t care if people got drunk on the way home and drove off a cliff! There was the bottom line and after all, what else is there?
A dichotomy existed between those that wanted to buy booze and those that thought it was the work of Satan, the latter being stirred up by the folks who owned the existing stores on the periphery of the city. Huge vinyl yard signs were created and distributed to the town’s people both for and against; in the end Walmart and others who actually had businesses in the town won. Tax dollars for Booze now went into the city, which hosted the stores and had to provide the infrastructure for its people.
Who is pulling our chains?
People with an interest in gambling will go to where it is legal, much like those with a desire to smoke pot; they will either simply do it, damned the consequences; or they will go to where it is legal.
Instead of making all of these toll roads in Texas, which is nothing more than a hidden tax on the people, let’s use funds from gambling to build our infrastructure and stop charging the people for services that you should already be providing! Since our population is increasing from external sources who will all need medical and scholastic services, let’s find the funding for it from those that already spend the money elsewhere.
I welcome dissenting opinions and arguments, as I love good debate.
I certainly don’t have all of the answers but, if there is dialogue then maybe we can learn to at least ask why, and think outside the box!
The answers are out there, we just need to ask the questions and not be satisfied with “because,” or “that is just the way it is,” or “it’s the law.” If it’s the law and it is stupid, let’s change it, or change the people who made it!
People need to rise up and question the status quo, if the status quo does not make sense!